I am 25 years old and feel that looks are everything. I love to look at before and after pictures of nose jobs. I know that the surgery must cause some black eyes and other bruising. How long is it before a nose job looks 100% natural?
I see all of my Rhinoplasty patients the next day after surgery and what I can tell you is that the degree of bruising or black eyes varies between Rhinoplasty patients. Some patients have no or hardly any bruising after their nose job and other get more severe bruising. Most of the times the bruises after cosmetic surgery are light enough to be covered by makeup 7 days after surgery, when the nose splint or cast is removed. Typically my Rhinoplasty patients can go out of the house in 7-10 days after their surgery without drawing attention to their selves. The nose should look very natural after a rhinoplasty as early as 10 days or latest 30 days but it does take months and years for it to truly settle down and shrink wrap. However, even as early as 7-10 days after a rhinoplasty, my patients have better noses than before their surgery and can enjoy these improvements while time takes care of the rest of the subtle changes.
On another note, I do worry about your statement about “looks are everthing.” Be careful about putting this much emphasis on your face and nose. While looks are very important and good elective cosmetic surgery can enhance your beauty and looks, looks are not everything.